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Association Between a Rule Change to Reduce Home Plate Collisions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Other Injuries in Professional Baseball Players:

An Overview by Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM

Because the act of blocking the plate accounted for most of the physical prior to the 2014 season MLB and the MLBPA agreed on a rule change that would prevent a runner from running over the catcher and the catcher from blocking home plate. A 2019 study in the Am J Sports Med found that the rule change was associated with significant reductions in the numbers concussions and days missed caused by collisions at home plate as well as significant decreases in time lost from play. The following is an overview of the data obtained in this article. Access the full article at Association Between a Rule Change to Reduce Home Plate Collisions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Other Injuries in Professional Baseball Player – Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society

 

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